Kimberly Quick

Kimberly Quick is a senior policy associate at the Century Foundation, a leading progressive think tank, where she specializes in education policy and inequality.

Recent Articles

Racism Is Alive, Well, and Won't Be Deterred by Hate Rally's Fizzle-Out

Americans should not be complacent about white supremacists and neo-Nazis after only a few dozen showed up in Washington. Whether accosting people of color in public spaces or drafting legislation in Congress, racists are all around us.

(Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
(Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP) Unite the Right participants in Washington, D.C., on August 12, 2018 O ne week ago, as I was leaving a morning coffee meeting in Arlington, Virginia, I ran into white supremacy on the Washington Metro. At first, I barely noticed these two average-looking strangers. But animated by a pro-Trump book that one man had been reading, they began to discuss right-wing politics, their contempt for the left, and their hatred of all things Hillary. Their conversation quickly crescendoed into white nationalist meme-ery. As they castigated black people as lazy and unintelligent, women as entitled, and “Mexicans” as violent and opportunistic, one of the men punctuated his argument by nodding in my direction. “I’m talking about them ,” he said, looking at me with wide, lucid eyes. The tourists and late-morning commuters on the Metro doggedly fixated on their phones, willing themselves to reclassify this harassment as the free speech that all Americans...